This past weekend, The Hillgrove Band began their competition season at a Bands of America regional at Jacksonville State University. They had been preparing extensively for this competition, and were excited to kick off their true October madness with a bang!
Bands of America is a gathering of some of the most technically flawless and competitive bands out there, and Hillgrove was there in the running. The competition was a day long event on Saturday in Alabama, and was comprised of eighteen bands across the southeast that all were after the title of “First place regional champion”.
The day was hot, the weather was unpredictable, and it was like David and Goliath in the eyes of these band members (if Goliath was a giant prop and David changed into dozens of high schoolers). It seemed like there were a million things standing in their way, but everyone was still ready to do their very best for their first ever performance.
The band took the field for their performance, the whole world watching and cheering for them, and they were able to perform the first three movements of their show as well as they could. These three movements were the products of days upon days of hours of hard work, and it finally was put into perspective for everyone with those six minutes of fame.
Band director Ms.Slone shares her experience with us, as this past Saturday was her first competition as a high school band director! We asked her how she felt about the competition overall, by having her rate her day from one to ten. She eagerly told us, “Ten! The students gave their all. Prop crew pushing for what seemed like forever, working through the heat and being so flexible with the schedule. I couldn’t ask for more from the band!”
Hillgrove made it into finals, getting seventh place overall out of the eighteen bands competing. It may not sound impressive, and to some it wasn’t, but they are making huge strides in being the best they can be for their season, and getting into finals was the first step in a process of hard hard work. “Everyone tried their best, and it was a good milestone for us to push harder this upcoming week.” Drum Major, Sidney Maurice, tells us.
Congratulations, Hillgrove Band! We can not wait to see the progress you make the rest of the season!